Quincy M.E. (1976–1983)
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Vigil of Fear 

A vigilante group gets in a shoot-out with a killer resulting in the death of an innocent bystander and Quincy uses all of the coroner's office resources to find out what exactly happened and who was responsible.

Director:

Bob Bender

Writers:

Leo Garen (teleplay), Aubrey Solomon (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Klugman ... Dr. R. Quincy, M.E.
Garry Walberg ... Lt. Frank Monahan
John S. Ragin John S. Ragin ... Dr. Robert Asten
Val Bisoglio ... Danny Tovo
Robert Ito ... Sam Fujiyama
Joseph Roman Joseph Roman ... Sgt. Brill
Lonny Chapman ... Sgt. Ernie Sproul
Ned Romero ... Ramon
Ray Vitte ... Man
Len Bari Len Bari ... Frank Penner (as Lenny Bari)
Paul Koslo ... John Doe Killer
Peter Virgo Jr. Peter Virgo Jr. ... Tony Penner
George Reynolds George Reynolds ... George Maples
Andre Harvey Andre Harvey ... Jo-Jo (as André Harvey)
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Mole
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Storyline

A vigilante group gets in a shoot-out with a killer resulting in the death of an innocent bystander and Quincy uses all of the coroner's office resources to find out what exactly happened and who was responsible.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1981 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jack Klugman's brother, Maurice Klugman, who worked as a producer on the show, passed away the day after this originally aired. See more »

Goofs

When the "cowboy" is playing the pinball machine, the flippers do not move and there is no ball visible. The machine isn't turned on. See more »

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It's hard to take this one very seriously...
19 May 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The idea behind "Vigil of Fear" is great. Too bad the writing isn't very good, as there is MORE macho posturing in this episode than a hundred John Wayne films!

The show begins with a neighborhood watch group getting themselves into trouble. Instead of helping the police, these hot-heads are out to kick butt and clean up the streets by themselves. One guy in particular, Frank, is a serious idiot--and aching to kill a criminal! When a nearby liquor store is robbed and a customer is murdered, Frank rushes into an alley--and ends up shooting an innocent man. Later, Frank demonstrates he has the intelligence of a sack of door knobs, as he gives chase to a killer--and gets himself shot in the process. Now as for Frank's brother, he's level-headed--until the end, when he behaves like Frank--and goes off on a personal rampage.

The show is silly. Just plain silly. With so many of these vigilantes acting stupidly, they all end up being one-dimensional. I think this is a sloppy way for the writer to make their point that crimes should be handled by the cops--but it is done is such a ham-fisted way that it might also make you laugh. With some BELIEVABLE neighborhood watch members, this one would have worked. Instead, it's cartoony, preachy and a bad way to end season six.


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